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Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Greeley

(4.9/5 based on 180 reviews on the web)
Colorado Model Railroad Museum, formerly known as Greeley Freight Station Museum, houses America's largest HO Scale prototypical model train layout.

The building has 9,500 square feet on the main floor and another 2,000 feet in mezzanine, storage and break room space. The featured element, a 5,500 sq. foot HO gauge model railroad layout, has ten separate wiring systems, 20+ scale miles of mainline track, hundreds of buildings (many of which have been scratch built), thousands of hand made trees and scenery never before attempted on a model railroad. The layout is configured so that it might operate automatically in a “show” mode (called docent mode), and in manual “operational” mode for train running sessions. The wharf areas feature ships that are fully operational “in the field”, along with a full-scale model of the 729 foot ore carrier, Edmund Fitzgerald.

The museum displays over 1,100 railroad artifacts from across the United States. Signals, signs, keys, locks, photos, tools, towels, passes, timetables, lanterns, etc. The largest “artifact” is the last wooden caboose from the Colorado and Southern railroad to be operated on that railroad's system: C&S caboose 10583, which was retired in 1974. The caboose is fully furnished inside and out and is open for public inspection when the museum is open.

The museum is located between two actual railroad properties: the Union Pacific on the east and the Great Western on the west, so visitors can also “train watch” during their visit to the GFSM.

All proceeds from admissions fees are donated to downtown Greeley charities such as the Women's Ministry Center, the Hispanic Relief Fund, and the Weld County Food Bank. Representatives from each charity will take turns collecting the admissions during days the museum is open, and any fees they collect will be retained by them to use for their charity. All admission fees, no matter who they are collected and retained by, are reported to the museum manager so a log can be kept of yearly monies raised for the charities.
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  • This museum is great. I went here for work to check it out and wasn't disappointed. It has so many things to look at and you can get up close to the models and see all the little details. The staff is...  more »
  • Awesome! Unbelieveable museum and operating model railroad; just like the real thing running outside their front door.  more »
  • Great for kids and adults. Large scale working train models with lots of towns, switchyards, mountains, lakes, tunnels. You walk above and at train level. Especially fun is looking for the stray dinos...  more »
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  • Haven't been in a long time, but it's a great experience for train enthusiasts and everyone else too!
  • Awesome time. I think I had more fun than my 3 year old son who was ecstatic to be there! They have a great scavenger hunt where you have to find items amongst the model scenery.
  • Was not even aware this place existed until I saw an ad in the Denver Airport and decided we should make it a stop on our vacation. We were really impressed with the detail and the complexity of the layout, and the volunteers that run the layout were super nice and answered any questions we had. I took a ton of photos for inspiration on my own train layout. Definitely a must stop for model train enthusiasts.
  • Amazing museum! Largest and most intricate model railroad I've ever seen! A must see if you are a railroad or model train fan and especially of you have small kids. Worth the price of admission to help keep this place running!
  • Amazing fun and want to build one myself